Workshop for Ag Producers Wanting to Create Value-Added Products


Bozeman, Mont., May 16, 2016 – USDA Rural Development, in partnership with the Montana Department of Agriculture’s Growth through Agriculture Program and Food and Agricultural Development Centers will be in Livingston on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 hosting the “Creating and Expanding Value-Added Products for Your Agricultural Operation” workshop.  

Many Agricultural Producers continually seek ways in which to achieve a higher dollar return and expanded customer base for this commodities by producing value-added products.  USDA is making up to $44 million available to farmers, ranchers and businesses to develop new bio-based products and expand markets.  These grants support planning activities, such as developing a business plan, as well as provide working capital to implement viable value-added business plans.  The maximum grant amount for planning is $75,000 and $250,000 for working capital grants.  

This free, three-hour workshop will feature the USDA Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program, Montana Growth through Agriculture Grant Program and resources from the Montana Food and Agricultural Development Centers.  Detailed presentations will address funding options, project examples, grant program criteria, and application templates.  One-on-one application assistance will also be available.

WHERE: Livingston Food Resource Center WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
202 S 2nd St Registration begins at 8:30 am
Livingston, MT

There is no charge for this workshop, but seating is limited so advanced registration is required.
Contact Donna Wyatt at (406) 585-2545/ to RSVP or for additional information.



Source:  USDA, Rural Development  



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